Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today we’ll teach you 4 8+ linking phrases for IELTS Writing Task 2, and Speaking Part 3.

We will present these phrases that can be used in body paragraphs in talking about a very contemporary topic- meal delivery services.

This is a new phenomenon, marketed toward young millennial professionals and/or hipsters.

We wanted to talk about this topic today because a student in our 3 Keys closed Facebook group asked about using first/firstly and second/secondly in her essay.

No! Please don’t use these!

Those are band score 6 cohesive phrases.

The function of those words would be to introduce reasons and add points.

Instead of saying first/firstly, say:

The main reason is…

To support this, one notable justification is…

After providing a reason in a body paragraph, you must support it with an example.

To introduce the example, say:

To illustrate this, one case in point would be…

More specifically,…


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Example IELTS Writing Task 2 question:

Many people are signing up for meal delivery services these days.

What are the positives and negatives of this?

Sample paragraph for positives:

There do exist advantages to this trend. The main benefit of signing up for these services would be to save time on driving back and forth to the supermarket. To illustrate this, one case in point would be many residential neighborhoods do not feature a grocery store within walking distance. Therefore, one is required to use their vehicle and fight their way through rush hour merely to get ingredients for one meal that evening. Instead, a customer can sign up for this service and use that time to bond with family and play a board game, waiting for the ingredients to arrive at their door.

Sample paragraph for negatives:

One of the biggest disadvantages of a meal service program like Blue Apron, is the fact that it has a massive impact on the environment. More specifically, last year, when a friend of mine started to use this service, she ended up stacking up boxes on top of boxes and used many more materials than she actually needed to; whereas, if she had just gone to the grocery store, as most people do, she wouldn’t have accumulated those boxes and put so much waste out into the environment. 

How would you answer this IELTS Task 2 question?

Share your ideas in the comments section below!

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